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What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a chronic irritation of the eyelids and lashes.

What Causes Blepharitis?

Microorganisms known as bacteria inhabit our skin naturally without causing irritation or harm. However, due to hormonal imbalances, genetics and environmental conditions, some individuals begin to react to these bacteria. This not only causes inflammation of the eyes and eyelids but also causes one’s tears to become dysfunctional and poor lubricants of the eye.

Who Develops Blepharitis?

Light skinned/blue eyed individuals are the most likely to develop blepharitis. Also people who have the skin condition Rosacea are at increased risk for blepharitis.

What are the Symptoms of Blepharitis?

Blepharitis causes the eye and eyelids to become red, irritated, mattered, and itchy. The eyes feel scratchy and sometimes sting as if something had fallen into them. Also many people with blepharitis are allergic to topical drops and medications.

Can Blepharitis Be Prevented?

Unfortunately blepharitis is a chronic condition which can be controlled but cannot be prevented or “cured”.

How is Blepharitis Treated?

The following treatment options for blepharitis include:

  • Warm compresses of the eyelids
  • Cleansing the eyelid margins with diluted baby shampoo
  • Lid wipes
  • Avenova spray (available by prescription)
  • Artificial tears
  • Nightly ointments
  • Oral medications may also be prescribed